Application Guidelines

8th Graders are Eligible to Apply

Eighth grade students who satisfy the required criteria listed below are encouraged to apply for an HFS Chicago Scholarship. It may not benecessary to exhibit all five elements listed. However, the more of these criteria you possess, the better your chances of being selected as a Scholar. You must plan to attend (and eventually gain acceptance to) a private high school that requires tuition.

Basic requirements are as follows:

  1. Grade Point Average of 3.0 or above (B average or above for 7th and 8th grades)
  2. Average to above average TerraNova or ITBS scores (from seventh grade)
  3. Evidence of leadership potential
  4. Evidence of positive academic work ethic
  5. Demonstration of financial need

Students who are accepted as Scholars must agree to the terms outlined in the HFS Scholarship Agreement for Success, which includes expectations for academic standards, commitment to community service, and active participation in HFS sponsored events and mentoring. Additionally, all incoming Scholars are required to attend and successfully complete summer enrichment courses offered by HFS in preparation for high school. Tuition for this summer program is covered by HFS.

Important Dates

Application opens August 1st.

Deadline for completed applications is November 15th.

Application has two parts:

  1. Online Application Form
  2. Essays & Additional Application Materials 

Applications must be mailed to 1074 W. Taylor Street., 201, Chicago, IL 60607. Do not drop materials at the office. Materials must be post marked no later than November 15.


OCTOBER 19, 2016-  7th & 8th Grade Night – Children of Peace School -6-8pm

JANUARY  Applicants notified if selected for interview. Reminder to Candidates–Apply for financial aid at your prospective high schools.

FEBRUARY  Interviews held at Children of Peace School (appointment only).

MARCH  Applicants are notified if selected for scholarship.

APRIL  Acceptance of Scholarship forms due with final high school choice, proof of high school registration, and results from high school entrance exam.